Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho, has urged reporters to “tell the truth” about how the “rules for me are different”, regarding how he is treated by referees and match officials.
Mourinho was speaking after their 0-0 draw with Hull City at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.
He was responding to questions on if Hull’s Oumar Niasse should have been shown the red card by referee Mike Jones, for a second bookable offence on Michael Carrick and later on Daley Blind.
“I don’t understand why you ask me since the beginning of the season. If I was in your position, I wouldn’t ask the manager. I would just say and write what I see, what I think,” Mourinho replied.
“Game after game, I would just write what is happening every game with us. If not every game, almost every game. If I speak, I am punished. I don’t want to be punished.
“Maybe your industry is going in another direction but, for me, journalism is to tell the truth. If you see what happened against Manchester City, Burnley, West Ham Stoke – almost everywhere – you do your job and you do a public service.
“Tell the truth. Don’t ask me questions I cannot answer. You know I am different. The rules for me are different. I watch my team play in a hotel, forbidden to go in a stadium, my assistant had a stadium ban.
“Yesterday, one manager was told by the fourth official, ‘I love your emotion and, because I love your emotion, no problem.’ Today I was told to sit down or I have to sit in the stands.”